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Ireland Marriage Equality Referendum Round-Up: VIDEO

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6a00d8341c730253ef01bb082da598970d-800wiIona Institute mouthpiece Breda O'Brien has been quiet for a few weeks.  A consistent whinger that the No campaign is being "silenced", Breda once again missed out on the irony of it all by taking to her column in the Irish Times on Saturday to argue that the "thought police" are forcing the poor old bigots to vote Yes at gunpoint.

Breda is also appalled at the notion that the Irish National Teachers Organisation's LGBT group intends "to normalise same-sex marriage in the teaching of children as young as four."

Despite what you read in her spiteful column, please do not call Brena a homophobe.  She will cry and is likely to sue you.

Here's what that nasty, vile, homosexualist propaganda - in reality teaching about all sorts of diversity issues - looks like.

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The Sunday Independent reports that the Yes vote is in "freefall" having dropped 13 percent over the last month to 53 percent. 

An Irish Times survey finds that the yes vote is 73 percent.


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Irish Gay Men Explain Why They're Voting Against Marriage Equality in Upcoming Referendum: VIDEO

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Ahead of Ireland's upcoming referendum vote on marriage equality, the organization Mothers and Fathers Matter has released a new campaign video featuring two gay men explaining why they'll be voting "No" this Friday.

Said Paddy Manning, who claims to be the last person criminalized under the country's anti-gay Offences against the Person Act 1861:

"A same-sex relationship is different to a marriage because marriage is at its heart about children and providing those children with their biological parents. Recognizing difference is not discrimination."

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Subtly Emphasizes Constitutionality of Same-Sex Marriage While Officiating Gay Wedding

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Notorious RBG proves once again she doesn't mind making NOM and the other anti-gay groups' blood boil, as the NYT explains:

Wearing her black robe with her signature white lace collar, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over the marriage on Sunday afternoon of Michael Kahn, the longtime artistic director of the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York.

The gilded setting was elegant: Anderson House in the Embassy Row neighborhood, the headquarters in Washington of the Society of the Cincinnati, a club for the descendants of the French and American soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. During the ceremony, the couple slipped black and gold Harry Winston rings onto each other’s fingers.

But the most glittering moment for the crowd came during the ceremony. With a sly look and special emphasis on the word “Constitution,” Justice Ginsburg said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States.

This is Ginsburg's third time officiating a same-sex wedding. She has previously said America is ready for nationwide marriage equality

A ruling in the same-sex marriage case is expected late June. 


Gay Marriage News Watch: Texas, Texas, Texas! - VIDEO

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Matt Baume with the American Foundation for Equal Rights reports on Texas House Republican efforts to defy the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on marriage, a "trojan horse" bill that may open the door to more anti-LGBT discrimination, and more.

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Jeb Bush Says It's 'Hard to Imagine' How America Will 'Succeed' If Gay Marriage Is Legalized: VIDEO

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Hoping to convince right-wing Christians he's sufficiently bigoted enough to earn their votes this election, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush doubled down on his opposition to LGBT rights in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody on Sunday.

"To imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, committed child-centered family system is hard to imagine," said Bush. "“So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide, I don’t know what they are going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”

He continued:

“It has to be — if we want to create a right to rise society, where people, particularly children born in poverty — if we want to have them to have a chance, it should be a core American value. We have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and dad loving their children with their heart and soul.”

Bush also reiterated his support for Christian businesses owners' right to refuse service to gay couples:

“A big country, a tolerant country ought to be able to figure out the difference between discriminating someone because of their sexual orientation and not forcing someone to participate in a wedding that they find goes against their moral beliefs. We should be able to figure this out. This should not be that complicated gosh it is right now."

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93 of 98 Texas House Republicans Shamefully Sign Anti-Gay Letter Pledging to Defy SCOTUS on Marriage

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The day after an anti-gay marriage bill died in the Texas House, 93 of the chamber's 98 Republicans signed a letter affirming the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. 

The Texas Tribune reports:  

TexasThe House Republican Caucus on Friday released a letter reaffirming its support of the state’s long-standing ban on gay marriage, calling marriage between a man and woman a “principle that is so dearly held by Texans far and wide.”

“This letter provides legislative support and a legal foundation for the Texas constitutional provision,” Kelly Carnal, executive director of the caucus, said in a statement.

The letter was signed by 93 of the 98 House Republicans. Those who did not sign were: Sarah Davis of West University Place, Jason Villalba of Dallas, Matt Schaefer of Tyler, Larry Gonzales of Round Rock and Speaker Joe Straus.

Schaefer, a tea partier, told the Tribune he didn't sign the letter because he wanted action, not words, in opposition to same-sex marriage. 

Even though his anti-gay marriage bill fell victim to Thursday night's deadline, GOP Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. says he hopes to re-introduce it as an amendment to other legislation. From The Dallas Morning News

Bell“We missed an opportunity tonight, but the session is still intact, the session still moves on,” Bell told reporters. “No bill is dead, as long as there are other bills in front [further along in the process]. You just have to find something that’s germane. … We will continue to look for places that it fits [and] work to get this effort … done.”

Bell said that his bill easily would have passed if it had come up Thursday for a vote — and would have drawn some Democratic votes.

“I don’t believe that standing up for sovereignty is a partisan issue,” he said.

LGBT advocates are also warning that with two weeks left in the Texas legislative session, there is still a risk of anti-gay amendments. One could emerge Monday, when GOP Rep. Scott Sanford gets another chance to introduce a proposal that would give child welfare agencies a license to discriminate against LGBT people. However, Sanford's amendment would need a two-thirds majority to pass. There are 98 Republicans and 52 Democrats in the House. If some Democrats vote for Sanford's amendment or are absent, opposition from Republicans like Davis and Villalba — who declined to sign the anti-gay marriage letter — could be crucial. 

While the vast majority of the record number of anti-LGBT proposals introduced in Texas this year are officially dead, the leader of the hate group Texas Values says his side is "#StillWinning":  

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